Category: Featured Artist

November 2, 2017 The Potters Place Gallery

The Potters Place Gallery Feature Artists for November 2017

The Potters Place Gallery feature artists for November are Sylvia McGourlick and Elizabeth Raynor.

Sylvia was introduced to pottery while living in Haida Gwaii in the mid- 1980’s. Today, she focuses on producing functional pottery for daily use. She believes that there is something special about hand-made pottery. Maybe it’s the familiar feel of a well-used piece, or the unique way that the clay’s body and glaze combine to catch the light, that rewards the user and their senses.    

Her glazes are earthy with reds, browns, white and silver that flow into one another creating a new palette where they overlap. While most of her work is done on the wheel, Sylvia likes to experiment with hand building and new glaze combinations to keep the craft new and fresh.

Elizabeth is a founding member of The Potters Place and has made functional pottery for over 25 years. While working in Edmonton she became interested in clay and was fortunate enough to be taught and mentored by Naboro Kubo a fourth generation potter from Japan. The influence of his ideas are still present in her work.

Simplicity of form, softness of colour and a peaceful calm are the inspirations for Elizabeth forms and approach to glazing and decoration of her pottery. 

Come in and check out Sylvia’s and Elizabeth’s work at the Potters Place Gallery just in time for the Christmas season.

The Gallery is located at the corner of 5th Street and Cliffe Avenue in downtown Courtenay and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information visit www.thepottersplace.ca or call 250-334-4613.

September 5, 2017 The Potters Place Gallery

We are delighted to have Sue Emerson as our featured artist throughout September. 

Her pottery is every changing and though known for wall sculptures and installations using steel and clay, she also creates beautiful handmade pottery and functional work with hand-building methods and an array of textures.

Her current body of work has taken on a new direction.  Well new it is actually a method that Sue has re-purposed for clay from a previous time in her life.  She says it best:

As potter may things influence our work and the influences can be from various times in our lives. Having said that my new work is having a strong influence from my days as a silk screen artist. The difference is that now I am screening slip on clay and years ago it was ink on paper or fabric. Regardless of how the images are finding their way on the clay the themes are almost always inspired by the same things – natures textures, flora and fauna of every description, select iconic images and earthy colours and feels. This is just the beginning of a collection of ideas I have had in mind for some time and your guess is as good as mine where it will go. I hope it speaks to you!”

Come see her work and more throughout September on display in our Featured Window at The Potters Place Gallery located at the corner of 5th and Cliffe in downtown Courtenay, BC – Comox Valley

10am-5pm Monday-Saturday

 

July 21, 2017 The Potters Place Gallery

Together again – Muddy Duck Pottery and Fireworx Glass. You may have seen this dynamic duo sharing a booth at markets throughout the Valley. They will once again share space. This time it will be the front windows at The Potters Place Gallery for the month of August as featured and guest artists. Come see Dawn Hansons’s functional pottery, inspired by nature and Sabine Arends’ bright and cheerful fused glass.

Together Again
The Potters Place Gallery is proud to present Muddy Duck Pottery and Fireworx Glass.  They will be our featured and guest artists and will share our front window space for the month of August.  
You may have seen Dawn Hanson and Sabine Arends teamed up at various markets around the Valley.  They enjoy working together and take pleasure in each other’s art.

Dawn enjoys cooking and eating and finds no greater pleasure than to make functional pottery that will play a part in people coming together over a meal.  Lately she is having fun making large serving platters that can go from oven to table to dishwasher.  
Dawn is inspired by all the beauty that the Comox Valley has to offer and you can see this inspiration in her warm, earthy green glaze; “forest floor” and her fresh, cool white and green glaze combination that she calls “glacial waters”.

A mainly self taught artist, Sabine achieved her skills by experimenting, taking workshops and working with other artists and students.  Sabine enjoys working with dichroic glass because of its magical effects and colour impact.  You will find this extraordinary glass in her wall art, garden art, plates and jewellery.  
Her small farm with many birds inspires much of her work.  You can’t look at her funky, colourful glass birds without breaking into a smile.  Sabine also keeps busy with the many classes and workshops she offers.
 
 

 

July 3, 2017 The Potters Place Gallery

EARTH AND WOOD
Anne Marie Veal and Jason Marlow Featured Artists July 2017

The Potters Place Gallery, in downtown Courtenay, is delighted to present Anne Marie Veale as our Feature Artist for the month of July together with her husband, Jason Marlow, an internationally recognized woodturner. This husband and wife team share a studio gallery at their home in Qualicum Bay.

Anne Marie’s work features her designs developed over a 30 year career as a studio potter. Platters, plates, teapots and jugs alike are comfortably weighted, solidly built for daily use and can go from oven to table with ease. What sets them apart from other functional pottery, is her colourful and whimsical decoration. Whether it be cats curled on a windowsill, pansies in a garden or a lovely country landscape, there is no doubt that Anne Marie Veale is an artist whose work will touch you.

Jason is one of Canada’s most distinguished studio woodturners, recognized internationally for his innovative and original pieces. He uses sustainable indigenous woods of British Columbia. He produces wall pieces to architectural scale as well as a wide range of smaller objects inspired by Vancouver Islands forests, rivers, mountains and wildlife.

October 31, 2016 The Potters Place Gallery
HANNA LEWANDOWSKI
Come and see a collection of truly beautifully made, and wonderful to hold pottery from Hanna’s studio on Quadra Island throughout November, 2016
We asked Hanna to tell us about her pottery and her life.  Here’s what she said:
I started my pottery adventure producing honey pots for my family’s beekeeping business.  I can assure you, it is not an easy start, as you begin with making pots with tight fitting lids that cannot leak the honey.  When I finally had time for expansion of my business, I faced a serious question: what other pottery items could I possibly make?
20 years later  I have a studio on Quadra Island, where I produce the whole assortment of items from mugs to casserole dishes. Yes, honey pots are there, too. I enjoy working on the wheel, producing functional stoneware. I like to take inspiration in the nature around me, either pressing leaves into wet clay, or painting   natural motives with wax resist on raw clay, or on glazes. I like a deep, saturated colour, and overlaying 2 or more glazes. I fire to cone 6 – 7 in an electric kiln.  I am hoping to expand to working with a slab roller. 
 
In a spare time (not too much of it!) I like to go kayaking or hiking with my 2 dogs.
 
The Potters Place Gallery is open from 10-5 Monday through Saturday
We are at the Corner of Cliffe and 5th in Downtown Courtenay, across from the Sid Williams Theatre in the 5th Street Courtyard.
Parking is at the rear of the building.
 
July 2, 2016 The Potters Place Gallery

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To call ceramic artist/potter Maeva Collins one of our own, is such a coo.

She creates some of the most magnificent pit fired ceramic vessels in Canada and she lives right here, among us in the Comox Valley.

Her woodfired pieces all begin on the potters wheel and then many of them are alterred in shape, either to a square, rectangle, or in some cases, just a little attidude is given, as in her tea pots.wood-fired-(1)-web 

In The Spirit of Fire, an exhibition at the Potters Place Gallery for the month of July featuring Maeva Collins’ pit fired and wood fired ceramic art. Maeva lives and works in Courtenay on 3 acres which gives her the ability to fire her ceramic art creations with wood. These methods of firing serve as a link to ancient techniques and civilizations of the past.

Pit firing produces surfaces that are warm and sensual with patterns reflecting the natural world. Wood firing is an ancient method with a sense of ritual. The wood kiln is fired for 36 hours and stoked every 5 to 10 minutes. mc-pit-fired-lidded-(2)-web

 

In our predictable world, primitive methods of firing result in a creative spontaneity. Potters make the pots and the flames that dance throughout the pit or kiln, create texture, patterns and visual magic

June 2, 2016 The Potters Place Gallery

The Potters Place is so happy to have Shirley Phillips as our featured artist for the month of June. Please come by and see what Shirley has been up to in her studio lately.Shirley phillips wall

Here is what Shirley has to say about her pottery and her process:

Clay allows me to create with texture, colour, and oodles of shapes.
I love to see where ” What If ” experimenting will take the clay.

I fire my pottery pieces using 3 separate methods:

* Smoke Firing – Layers of sawdust, pottery pieces, branches, dried plants, seaweed, along with sprinkles of salt and colourants are placed in a metal barrel. The top layer of kindling is set aflame and the contents smoulder for 24hrs. or so. Results are mottled grey to black surfaces with flashes of colour.

* Wood Firing – Placed in Gordon Hutchens Anagama firewood burning Kiln, pottery pieces will collect wood ash on their surfaces during a 3 day firing. Luscious shades of salmon, green, yellow and toasty browns will grace their surfaces.

* Digital Electric Kiln- My Stoneware pottery pieces are glazed in vibrant turquoise, green, gold, chocolate brown and other colour combos. I also fuse Beach Glass on wee dishes.

Nature always inspires with constant changes.

April 28, 2016 The Potters Place Gallery

Don’t Cry Salty Tears!

Sue Taylor is our Featured Artist at The Potters Place Gallery throughout the month May/2016.  

Her work is an extraordinary display of SALT FIRED pottery.  Delicate wine cups, illuminated luminaries, bountiful bowls and the like are all fired to about 1300 degrees centigrade.  As the kiln burns red hot inside,  she adds salt to the fire at specific temperatures.

This method of firing and glazing is a traditional method dating back centuries.   The salt vaporizes practically immediately as it hits the flame in the kiln, and then those vapors travel around the pots in the kiln, weaving in and around them, over and even under each piece, leaving it’s own glaze on each pot.  The flame and traveling vapors are able to kiss the underside of the pottery because each pot is placed in the kiln on what we potters call WADDING.  These are little bean like shapes of clay that elevate the pot up off the shelf, allowing the bottoms of each piece to be kissed by the flame.  This is a very unique firing method and the results are … Beyond Beautiful.
The Potters Place Gallery is located at the corner of 5th and Cliffe in downtown Courtenay in the 5th st. Courtyard.  10 – 5pm Mon-Sat. 250-334-4613.

December 4, 2015 The Potters Place Gallery

Feature Artist Joe Stefiuk – December 2016. Joe Stefiuk has created a new batch of work, functional and sculptural with new themes for this month’s Feature Window.

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He has introduced some new glazes and has used old ones in a different way.
This holiday, we encourage everyone, to think local – supporting local economies, local artists, and handmade/handcrafted works for your gift giving.
Come into the Potterss Place Gallery for Mugs and bowls with a west coast theme, and the most wonderful soda fired animal and bird masks.
You will find Joe’s ‘One of a kind’ tea bowls, Japanese beer mugs, owls, bears (like the one in this image), wolves and of course whales tails.
Now… Don’t fret, included in Joe’s holiday work, will be some old crows, fish, and cows. He has even made the perfect stocking stuffers… shooters (lots of them).

The Potters Place is located in the 5th Street Courtyard, 5th and Cliffe, Downtown Courtenay. 10 – 5 pm Monday-Saturday.

Parking located at rear of along the fence.
www.thepottersplace.ca

 

 

November 22, 2015 The Potters Place Gallery

Anne Cubitt and Corry Lunn are featured and guest artists throughout September 2015

anne cubitt wallAnne Cubitt’s elegant forms and the perfect canvas for her crystalline pottery.  These very beautiful bowls and vessels are like constellations in the sky, or the frost first thing in the morning as the sun just begins to come up.

The surface glaze treatment of her pottery glistens under the light as each crystal reflects the light in many different ways.  The chemicals she uses in her glazes along with a very precise ‘cooling’ method help to produce these varying sizes of crystal.  The colours are soft and muted, and yet so vibrant.

We are so lucky to have such a beautiful representation of this very unique decoration on pottery.

Do make your way in during the month of September so that you can see this wonderful work.

Corry Lunn

The ocean outside her front door and the forests behind are the inspiration for artist Corry Lunn’s ceramic sculptural work.

The ever-changing mood of the water and life that inhabits the environment along Union Bay are the soul of Lunn’s work. Ravens, otters, eagles and salmon all come alive in vessels, wall pieces and sculptural forms.

She has managed to breathe life into her Raku and burnished works through fire and flame. She manages to capture the essence of the subject she is sculpting through respect and admiration of the natural world.

corry lunn wall corry lunn wall moon corry lunn eagles corrylunn raven woman corrylunn catsYou may have noticed Sculptor, Corry’s Lunn’s studio, along the old island highway right across from the shores of Union Bay. Outside, it is filled with wooden sculptures filled with beautiful garden accents and found objects upcycled into wonderful pieces of art. Inside, is where you will find Lunn’s ceramic pieces; sculptures, wall plaques, and sandstone carvings. We are thrilled that throughout the month of September, The Potters Place gets to have Corry Lunn’s clay work on display and for sale here in Courtenay.

Her work incorporates driftwood, slumped glass, and found treasures, within her clay and enamel wall pieces. The clay elements in her sculptures are burnished with very smooth stones and then pit fired. She utilizes various techniques including Raku, sawdust firing, pit firing, burnishing, and mixed media. Lunn’s work is inspired by nature her immediate surroundings and natural objects.

Corry has said that she doesn’t separate her living from her work. A series of sculptures includes ravens, eagles, seals, fish, otters, and both creatures and women of the sea. You’ll want to touch her work, to feel the maker’s hand as it pressed and smoothed and molded the clay. “When they come out of the pit fire I clean them up with clear Kiwi shoe polish. This also protects and adds to the warm luster of the finish,” Lunn says.

The sculptures are mounted on beach/drift wood rough from the elements and a contrast from the smooth coolness of the clay, she says.

Her work is captivating. Just to know that another wonderfully gifted artist like this lives in our community is what helps to make this valley so rich and special.

It is really important that we all get to see artist’s interpretations of what beauty we live with each day, right outside our front doors. The Potters Place at the corner of 5th and Cliffe provides the perfect opportunity to do so.

Lunn is well known around B.C. for her beautiful clay sculptures and copper enamel hangings. The Comox Valley is definitely the Potter Mecca of Vancouver Island!
Open Mondays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Potters Place is at 180B Fifth St. on the corner of Fifth and Cliffe in the 5th Street Courtyard, in downtown Courtenay.
Parking is available at the Rear of the building along the fence.
 For more information, call 250-334-4613

November 1, 2015 The Potters Place Gallery


Charlotte Schaufelbühl’s pottery is full of folk imagery and brushwork. Her strong designs stem from her European roots. Imagine beautiful batik canvases. When you see Charlotte’s functional high fired pottery, you will notice that she employs similar techniques using wax as a resist from one glaze to another.

You will no doubt recognize her work the minute you see it.  She makes very distinct and beautifully crafted mugs, bowls, butter dishes, teapots, casserole dishes etc. etc. charolette_with_bowl
Charlotte’s work will be on display throughout November, 2015 at the Potters Place.

We know that  Christmas carols have begun to fill the airwaves… There are so many wonderful gifts just waiting for you to choose from at the Potters Place. This year, we want to thank you in advance, for considering a handmade, one of a kind, locally crafted piece of pottery from one of your neighbours in the Comox Valley… a local potter.

We are located at the corner of 5th and Cliffe at the 5th Street Courtyard in the heart of downtown Courtenay.
Monday – Friday, 10-5. Parking at the rear along the fence.